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Wi-Fi blocking and the FCC

Network World offers this brief overview of how the FCC addressed concerns over hotels and other venues blocking Wi-Fi signals from customers using mobile hot spots, instead directing them to more expensive Wi-Fi services.

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Loneliness: The problem technology elevated but hasn’t yet solved

An acknowledged panacea, the Internet is also responsible for crippling isolationism stalling further human advancement

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LinkedIn overhauls its desktop website

LinkedIn’s desktop interface is getting a fresh coat of paint. The professional social network unveiled Thursday the largest overhaul to the desktop version of its website since the service launched.

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Facebook plans new data center in Denmark

Facebook has chosen Odense in Denmark as the site of its third data center outside the U.S.

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Fraud for online holiday sales spikes by 31%

Fraud attempts on digital retail sales jumped 31% from Thanksgiving to Dec. 31 over the previous year, according to a survey of purchasing data from ACI Worldwide.

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Failure to patch known ImageMagick flaw for months costs Facebook $40k

Facebook paid a $40,000 reward to a researcher after he warned the company that its servers were vulnerable to an exploit that had been known for months.

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At Davos, modern warfare could include death-dealing drones and illegal parking

A cloud of 3D-printed drones big enough to bring down the latest U.S. stealth fighter, the F35, was just one of the combat scenarios evoked in a discussion of the future of warfare at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

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WikiLeaks’ Assange confident of winning 'any fair trial' in the U.S.

WikiLeaks said that Julian Assange is confident of winning 'any fair trial' in the U.S. and indicated that he would stand by all the promises he had made in return for clemency to Chelsea Manning, the former U.S. soldier who disclosed...

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DDoS attack against Whitehouse.gov eyed as a valid protest

When Donald Trump is inaugurated as the U.S. President on Friday, Juan Soberanis intends to protest the event -- digitally -- by going after Whitehouse.gov.

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Terrorists are winning the digital arms race, experts say

Terrorist groups are embracing a huge number of digital tools to recruit members and plan attacks, putting them a step ahead of governments trying to combat them.

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Baidu names former Microsoft Office head Qi Lu as its COO

Chinese search giant Baidu has named former Microsoft business group head Qi Lu as its COO and group president.

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Indian privacy case against WhatsApp gains momentum

A privacy lawsuit against WhatsApp in India over its new data sharing policy has got momentum, with the country’s top court seeking responses from Facebook, WhatsApp, and the federal government.

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Hacker says he can get phone numbers on Facebook which are not supposed to be public

A security researcher is threatening to go public with a 'privacy leak' that allows him to get phone numbers via Facebook which are not supposed to be publicly visible.

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Facebook to deploy fake news reporting tool in Germany

Facebook plans to deploy a tool to deal with fake news in Germany in the coming weeks, after announcing tests of the tool last month.

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With change to cumulative Windows updates, Microsoft admits IE's fading role in the enterprise

Microsoft on Friday said it will again provide Internet Explorer security patches as a separate download. The move is a tacit admission that the browser is losing ground in the workplace.

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Social networks let the rich buy influence

New monetization schemes on YouTube, Twitter and Facebook let sites profit from inequality.

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Snapchat's universal search bar solves a problem

Snapchat has introduced a universal search bar into the app. People are singing it's praises. Here's why.

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GoDaddy revokes nearly 9,000 SSL certificates issued without proper validation

GoDaddy, one of the world's largest domain registrars and certificate authorities, revoked almost 9,000 SSL certificates this week after it learned that its domain validation system has had a serious bug for the past five months.

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